Around the South for Jan. 11: NC, AL & FL

North Carolina: Districts must be redrawn. A three-judge Federal panel has ruled that the Tar Heel State’s congressional districts are unlawful because of “excessive partisanship” by Republican legislators, reported the Washington Post. The same court ruled the state’s district boundaries unlawful in 2016, but the court contends that new lines were again drawn to maintain the GOP’s 10-3 majority on its US House delegation. The lines must be redrawn in time for this year’s congressional elections ……. Alabama: Brooks praises Toyota-Mazda. US Rep. Mo Brooks (R) said in a statement that the decision of Toyota and Mazda to locate their new $1.6 billion joint assembly plant in Limestone County “validates what many of us in Alabama already know. Alabama is not onlyAmerica’s #1 football state, we are also on a path to be America’s #1 automotive production state.” The plant should create some 4,000 jobs and will be operating by 2021 ……. Florida: Trump reverses offshore drilling decision. After consulting with Gov. Rick Scott (R) and receiving strong bipartisan pressure from the Sunshine State’s lawmakers, President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared thatFlorida’s Gulf of Mexico coast would remain off limits for oil drilling. The move underscores the importance of Florida, which Trump narrowly carried in 2016, to the GOP …….